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and romney was not given a chance to define himself and that worked. again, campaign 101. you always have to ask, rebut the negatives against you. again, it is a fundamental part of campaigning and romney, the romney campaign let that go unanswered. that was a problem and as you saw on the other side, we look at the house and they did the exact opposite. once they one once they knew they were to be a tax on medicare they went on the offensive immediately. and, look where we are. we are pretty much in the same place as the house. the house campaigned went negative early and the results are very apparent, that again works. and so just for the future, i look at this again as a learning thing. this is 2004 all over again. the republicans are the ones with the wake-up call this time from the democrats so times change and we need to, we need to look back at this election and you know, again review our turnout techniques and go from there. >> thank you, blaise. i'm going to turn to eleanor clift. eleanor is a distinguished writer and has published many books. she is a regular panelist on the syn
sense by reelecting a president. mr. romney had no plans. he was just offering the opposite of what the president was presenting to the american people. have no plan for anything. i don't know how anybody in his position could get as far as he did with nothing to offer the american people. the other thing -- i just don't understand how with the american people would think to even consider him as the presidential candidate. he had absolutely nothing to offer. everything he offered was nonexistent or i will just do the president isn't doing. >> host: but the ask you, you sound like you're passionately supportive of the president. >> caller: i'm passionate for the country. i don't care who obama our romney is. i want somebody that will help the american people to progress. i want to see america -- >> host: you want compromise? >> caller: i want compromise, yes. but i'm going to tell you this, and make no mistake about it, we have people in this country that have completely destroyed rather than try to compromise and try to bring the government to some sort of conclusion where everybody
of thought. i mean, my process is sort of watching the evolution of what romney needed to do to start off with a 22 states that mccain won with 180 electoral votes. and many say okay, now he's obviously going to win indiana. so that gets to 191 and then probably the next easiest state would be north carolina. and then, what would he have to do after that to get up to 270? you know, we still have two states still out, florida, virginia, which were going to be my next two states he would need to win and they are still undecided at this point. with obama slightly ahead in both of them. basically it looks like it stopped. but he would've needed to do florida and virginia and then would need to get into colorado, iowa, new hampshire and still even winning all of that was going to be pretty short to 70. so it was pretty clear, you know, going into election day that away, a whole lot had to have been right for romney to get over the 270 and it just didn't happen. it just seemed to peter out either after north carolina and a sequencer may be either florida or virginia once all the votes had count
to the opposition and syria. that's been a point that i think president romney has made that he would be in favor of working with them to ensure the syrian opposition gets the weapons it needs to hit the planes and tanks and as far as i know it is still tied up in the principles committee in terms of what actions we should or should not take with arguments. on the one hand we don't want these arms to go to people we don't know, dangerous people, and the other being if you leave us in place and he prevails what kind of world is that? , so those would be the big issues on the agenda. middle east peace process if there is something actionable that can be done, they would be very supportive of the moment and they want to get on with the rest of their lives as long as they can see this is a riddle that isn't going to be solved any time soon. the final issue would be oil market stability and that is an issue between the u.s. and saudi arabia since fdr first met in 1945. the u.s. didn't import any at the time, but for fdr and the 12 presidents that followed in a very simple formulation if you understand
, how to lead in this very complex and dynamic security environment. too often when governor romney talks about american leadership, and by the way, peace through strength is a great slogan that is not a foreign policy. you know, it sounds like he's talking about the u.s. being out front first, and the you know, the rest being alone. i think this administration came in and found a number of our alliances and partnerships afraid in the post-iraq period because of, you know, the previous years and the previous administration. and i think this president has sought to adopt an approach to american leadership that really inspires and enabled others to step up and contribute alongside us. on the theory that that collective action on the part of the international community is much more effective in dealing with the kind of threats and challenges that we face today. you can see it in the 49 nation coalition that's been built in afghanistan. you can see it with regard to how we've gone after al qaeda globally with partners on the ground. we can see it in the most crippling sanctions regime e
solidly for obama. men voted for romney. white, black and hispanic women were more democratic than white, black and hispanic men. the gender gap lives in 18 percentage points. women ohio voted for obama and women, men in ohio voted for romney. the marriage gap was a whopping 41 points with married voters decidedly republican in this election and the rowing group of nonmarried's overwhelmingly democratic. all of these data are in our new aei political report prepared by andrew and we want to thank claude for getting this report on the fault of the latest 2012 data for 22 key demographic groups available for you today. the demographic changes are being felt in congress too. david wasserman at "the cook political report" wrote that for the first time ever white men will no longer be a majority in the democratic caucus. in 1953, he says there were 98% of house democrats and 97% of house republicans. along with the demographic data, the exit polls show obama was able to defuse the economic issues and he won overwhelmingly on empathy. we are going to begin today with michael barone who will te
and mitt romney and advice they gave to each candidate in the weeks leading up to the election. this is 25 minutes. >> my name is justin smith and i am the president of atlantic media company and i am delighted to welcome all of you to the fourth annual washington ideas from which is convened by the atlantic, the aspen institute and is the newseum. as many of you know the atlantic has been the business of journalism and ideas for a very long time. since 1857 to be exact. but it wasn't until nine years ago that we to get serious about creating the most interesting and ambitious forum for the discussion on politics and business and science and technology and the arts and it was thanks to the division of the accomplished author and journalist walter isaacson who's the ceo of the aspen institute who approached the owner of the of cleantech, david bradley, about partnering to create a new event called the has been ideas festival. in less than a decade, the house and ideas festival takes place every summer in the beautiful aspin campus in colorado has become an influential leader in the global e
romney will be later today. guest: this is an exhibition hall. it is a truly gigantic building that they tell they set aside. they did not really want to give me a number. i can easily imagine 5000 people if not three times that number. the romney campaign is really trying to show that it can draw a huge crowd. host: tom troy is someone who covers politics are the last two months. virtually every major candidates has been in the state at least every day or every other day up over the last few weeks. guest: we fill deducted if there's not a presidential candidate here on any given day. mitt romney was not here in ohio yesterday. gap.eems like a ca they have been on a weekly basis for a couple of months. we have been seeing a lot of the vice presidentials. we saw both michelle obama and ohio had to events. joe biden had her first and only solo campaign event yesterday in ohio. we are seeing a lot of the presidential candidates. we're going wherever they are. host: tom tory was joining us from cleveland. meanwhile we are live in lakewood, ohio. thank you for being with us. guest:
go. just a quick defense of the republican superpacs that were out there for mitt romney, i would say that their biggest problem was that they were in support of mitt romney's campaign which never gave a clear sense of what direction their campaign was going in. and as a result, you didn't know what kind of story mitt romney was trying to tell about himself, what he was trying to say about the president or really what he was doing on a day-to-day basis. when he was advertising on welfare reform and the war on religion, i think the republican superpacs you're probably thinking what on earth are we doing here? >> so what you're saying is they were -- they need to get better at not coordinating their campaigns? [laughter] >> it's not even a matter of coordination, it's a matter of strategic direction, and the romney campaign never had one. and on the obama side, it was pretty clear his campaign was about the middle class. and every single ad we ran was if mitt romney wins, the middle class loses. so i think there was a much clearer lane for us to swim in than on the romney side. were the
mitt romney received a small percentage of latino and asian voters much less than george w. bush received and many have said his views on immigration and conservatism approach to immigration generally were to blame for the gop poor showing this time or not. it's worth noting i think that romney tried to appeal in some respects to all factions come all conservative factions on immigration. he repeatedly said that he was in favor of more legal immigration emphasizing legal, but also particularly during the primary season he took a harder line on the question of illegal immigration. what we have decided to do in the wake of this election is to convene a thoughtful panel of folks to discuss conservatives and immigration reform. i should note this is the american enterprise institute for public policy research. it is not the institute for figuring out how to get conservatives elected or how to get republicans elected. we are interested in finding the right solutions to public policy problems and issues and immigration is no different so i ask our panelists while the temptation in this
, a lot of data points show does, but if you look at the overall romney vote, nearly nine in 10 were white non-hispanics. 56% of obama voters were white non-hispanics. this gives you the dimension of this change. there really wasn't an overall influx of hispanics, minority's general in the polls this year but in key states in the hematocrit in ohio, percentage of blocks up, rose 15% from 11% in 2008, a big shift. in florida, percentage of hispanic voters went up to 70% from 14% 2008, and the composition of the hispanic vote changed and has grown very different than what it was just a few years ago with many more puerto ricans making up the share of this hispanic vote in florida. what that meant nationally was that despite all predictions, democrats were able to keep their edge in the overall electorate. a shock to many people that overall partisan composition of the electorate looked so similar to 2008 with democrats holding a six-point edge. the other big demographics story of tuesday's election of course was women. i mean, we had, our first goal after the first debate when romney did so
and romney about 3.5%. so still close but not racist impose a not as close as we might've been talking about for a good deal of the election. i think of something right about all the model going on. i know a lot of people talked about that. i want to give a little shout out to many political scientist. i'm a political scientist. sometimes i'm critical of some of their models, but political models try to predict what happens in elections and they usually have some very simple components. how the president is doing. the growth in the economy. not the state of the economy. not the number of unemployment at how we've been improving over the are, and incumbents usually accounts or something. if you look at this election you can say a little bit of growth matters. a president who was sort of in the middle, 48, 49% job approval rating for much of this year, and about 1.5% growth, we add that with an income, you probably get a winner of 3% and that's what many of the models looked like. a lot of people thought boy, the economy is so bad, a modest change in the economy was what many political scienti
's governor romney becomes president, we're going to have romneycare or we're going to have obamacare, because we need to solve this problem, and we need to solve it immediately. it's a collaborative effort between private, public, state can and local -- state and local government and the federal government. >> moderator: senator hatch? hatch: well, the so-called affordable care act is anything but affordable. 85% of the american people had affordable health insurance and were getting along quite fine. so we've discombobulated the whole country with all kinds of regulations, all kinds of federal intrusions. frankly, we as the state of did better by ourselves. we didn't need the federal government to tell us what to do or how to do it. and, frankly, we have one of the best health care systems right here in utah. we were one of the first states outside of massachusetts themself to have an exchange. now, our exchange would not be acceptable to obamacare, but i've got to tell you this, obamacare's going to lead us down to destruction. there's no way that that isn't going to eat us alive, there's n
that he served as sparring partner, debate prep leader for mitt romney in the recent, in the recent campaign and led to that what was arguably governor romney's finest moment in the campaign. the first debate. so thank you very much for being here. our title today is, the future of the republican party. this assumes of course it has one. [laughter] and let's start by talking about the election because you played obviously a crucial role in ohio. and i want to get your sense of, we're now seeing reports that, you want me to use this? we're now seeing reports that the campaign was very surprised by the outcome, even right up to the evening of election day, because their polls were showing something different. your polls were showing something different than anybody else? is that true? and how surprised was the campaign? >> well, first it was a very close election in ohio and ohio was one of key states, even if we won ohio, turns out the electoral vote count would have gone to president obama. we lost by two points in ohio. recall back in 2004 when john kerry lost to george bush he wou
is the worry in the wake of governor romney doing some polling among hispanics it seems obvious that republicans conservatives may want to change as the approach the immigration issue and while i can't certainly know that this is true i always suspected that governor romney wasn't a hardliner on the immigration issue as he came across. i think there was a question of he had to win his party's primary yet he calculated accordingly and crafted a policy approach and rhetorical approach in keeping with that. nothing that has happened would seem to be necessarily to have changed that fact for the republicans who need to win the party nomination in order to -- i am wondering if any of you would choose to comment on that fact that this is a reality of winning the party's nomination. >> i guess going back -- not only are we going through this introspection people say we need to understand latinos i think we have to understand our own conservative base. and i think we saw that in the primary, and i will give you one example, new gingrich. his approach to immigration was actually pretty g
-go, from the primary governor romney would've been competitive and it would've been competitive in those battleground states where the latino vote was decisive. and, finally, we have to stop being rockefeller republicans. we are not the party of the 47%. you know, when governor romney said what he did last week that obama won because it gives to latinos and other minorities, that's insulting. latinas didn't vote for obama because obamacare. i think he is engaging obama in the same type of class warfare discussion that obama wants to have. i think we have to go back to the conservative populism of ronald reagan, which is to talk about the economy. but i would say something is. romney only emphasized -- very quickly. we cannot run only on an economic message. we have the full conservatives on social issues, on the national security, and on the economy. spent and aspirational. aspirational a mechanism where you are free to go as far as you want to go and to do what you want to do. and you are right about the hispanic community, especially they are very and trunk -- entrepreneurial. guess wh
] [no audio] [no audio] -- what was arguably governor romney's finest moment of the campaign. the first debate. it's a thank you very much for being here. our title today is the future of the republican party. that assumes of course that has one. [laughter] and let's start by talking about the election because he played obviously a crucial role in ohio. i want to get a sense of you're now seeing reports that the campaign was very surprised by the outcome, even right up to the evening of election day because the polls were showing something different. your polls are showing something different than everybody else. if thatcher and how surprised was the campaign? >> will first, it was a very close election in ohio. ohio is one of the key states. even if we want it turns out the electoral vote count would've gone to president obama. we lost by two points in ohio and recall back in 2004, when john kerry lost to george bush, he would often say both publicly and to me on the floor of the senate, but perhaps the people could fit in the ohio state stadium i'd be president today. so was a very na
or is politician. the other thing we have to remember is mitt romney is going to be the top of the ballot. john mccain got over 60% and betting that we could see it from me get 70% in the district and that raises the threshold of the crossover vote that jim matheson needs to survive. i think it is a tossup to overcome that top of the ticket impact. >> what's the west and nevada in the third congressional district. >> the congressmen in this type of district the democrats should be challenging if they want to win the majority this is a suburban los vegas clark county district place where they should be doing well, and right now the democrats are having a tough time going after the democratic nominee as a former leader in the state house, but what is interesting is even though he has an influential position in the state legislature he's talking about his record as a firefighter and they are not even mentioning that he's a politician because that legal isn't one that you want to have come so he has the advantage, but if democrats are having a better light than we would expect would be in this distric
. the president won just very narrowly, 50-48 eight, 50-48 nine. mitt romney made significant inroads among many groups, not all groups but many groups, younger voters. white men, white women to a number of constituencies. and printing have shown. and yet if you republican there's a feeling of him is not an outright defeat. it didn't go well. if you're a democrat, there is a sense of optimism hopefulness. even the wedding 50/50 50 race but a lot of this again is about expectations. all right. so we've had three way the elections in a row. i think the one thing we can agree on is this was not a way the election. it seemed to me this was an election where the base was held and where the broad divisions in american political life became apparent. if i said to you exactly what was this election about, first of all you want to look at the congressional level and you want to look at the presidential level. but there were too broad different views of government i think, and whether government is helpful or hurtful, whether government can and should be more active, or whether there's too much government
staff certainly said one thing but in boston at the romney headquarters my god was sensing a lot of confidence coming out of that building. unlike mr. romney and did have a concession speech prepared for this event as we thought through what the conversation would be like depending on the scenario but i had a few questions on election night. the first was remembering exactly what it felt like in 2004, where we had a dozen constitutional amendments passed all across the country. you had karl rove celebrated as the architect hewitt just built a new kind of republican electoral majority that would have legs in traction for a decade or two. you had a president who was reelected, not because of that within the toolkit was the use of the wedge issue, gay, gays and lgbt couples across the country. the dark and sort of fetal position and what i sensed on election night this year is how proud i am about our resilience. we picked ourselves up and we decided to fight and decided to start talking to republicans. we decided to demand more from our great democratic front. a lot of movements co
in the polls, was the president obama defeated governor romney among self-described moderates by 15 points. so this is an expression. because a lot of people would say president obama is the least centerleft. but it is all compared it. compared to governor romney, and i think really the republican party, including those statements that todd akin and murdoch made, it seemed like they were far off from the center. i also think, is an as an independent i can give advice to both parties -- [laughter] the party of ronald reagan and jack kemp, the party of upward mobility -- it didn't seem to be the republican party this year. maybe it was because of the very effective attack campaign against mitt romney being with bain capital, 47% and all that stuff. but i think hispanics and asians and a lot of women did not vote for the republican party, not just if you are hispanic or anti-immigrant, but because it didn't seem like a kind of party that was going to create a country in which you were going to have a chance to rise up. it seemed, by their own statement and the definition the democrats gave them,
presents the two world views and romney failed to do that. in choosing to ignore the conservative agenda, rahm me chose not to follow the path that led to the republicans winning the white house session out of the last 11 elections. republican national chairman, the senatorial john cornyn, senate republican leader mitch mcconnell and speaker john boehner and other republican leaders behind the epic election failure of 2012 should be replaced with leaders or in tune with the conservative base of the republican party. likewise the establishment of the republican candidates come excuse me, consultants, such as karl rove, ed gillespie, the romney campaign senior adviser stuart stevens and poster neil newhouse never be hired to run or consult on a national campaign again, and no one would give a dime to the effect of cyberattack such as american crossroads. mitt romney's loss was a death rattle of the gist publishment republican party. far from signaling the rejection of the tea party grassroots conservatives, the disaster of 2012 signals the beginning of the battle to take over the republica
% of the ads for personal attacks. romney gives people cancer. that kind of stuff. not morning in america not didn't i do a good job or here's my plan for the future here's my entitlement reform. the republicans actually voted for and vote for a real budget score by cbo twice with virtually every republican voting for it in the house. the house is the body that it actually went through and they did it more than once. so they made it clear where they were going. obama ran against romney because he was going to raise taxes. so, the president won the mandate not to beat romney for the next four years because he gives people cancer and is a bad person and is mean to dogs. he didn't make the case for what he wants to do, he didn't spend time on that in either defending his record or making the case for the next four years would look like other than that he would be a bad person. the deadlock or gridlock is better than moving in the wrong direction. it's been a big direction the last years in the of administration. and we talk about presidential leadership. we are going to have a certain amount
campaign? without exception, everyone -- the first debate between romney and obama. the one time we actually contested ideas, presented two view points and directions for the country. then inevitably, there's mandrins in politics who give the voice don't show any contrast. don't rock the boat. by the third debate, i'm pretty certain mitt romney actually french kissed barack obama. [applause] [laughter] i have no doubt that there is a focus group somewhere of undecided ohio voters who lived in a cave the last 30 years who decided they liked that. don't show any disagreement whatsoever with the president. don't rock the boat. just be a nice guy and have a personality contest. those turn out so well for us. [laughter] our ideas work. their ideas don't work. you know, even that first debate, how striking was it that when mitt romney pressed obama, his response was, well, under bill clinton, there was great economic prosperity. the whole answer of obama's all about bill clinton and how enoughty the -- nifty the economy was under him. i would have begin a limb to see mitt romney turn to h
. for example, people were talking in the campaign, you heard both romney and at different times obama has talked about some kind of overall cap on deductions in, on the deductions that an individual can take. guess what? we had something roughly similar to that mostly for high end earners. those two provisions have been out of that effect since the bush tax cuts. they would come back into effect on the other side of the fiscal cliff. not a bad thing. capital-gains tax rate goes up from 15% where encouraging all the maneuvers that you see if you looked at the romney tax returns for example, all the carried interest loophole, hedge fund loophole, all are products of the fact that we have such a low capital gains rate and incentive to define capital gains are so high, capital gains rate goes up at 20%. should be same level as other income but that is progress. dividend rate goes up to the level of normal income. those are good things on the other side of the fiscal cliff. obviously there are things that you would want to change. you want to restore some of the child tax credit and refundable
reasons why we lost and we can enumerate all of them, but one of the main reason we lost is because romney at 27% of hispanic vote. if we continue to get 27% of hispanic vote for the rest of our lives, we will continue to lose every single presidential election that is out of. and there's a way to do it, because the hispanics agree with us on social issues. they agree with us on fiscal issues. they are usually business oriented. they believe of all of the things that we believe in. they don't want higher taxes, but we cannot even reach them with a message if they feel that they are not welcome in our party. so that's something that i'm going to work under i'm going to work for the next two years, and i hope that i can work with people like steve and people that are, you know, from the far right to the far left on this issue because we have defined a solution to this problem. >> one thing i'd like to add on that as well, i've hired people like raul two different times to adopt children and ashley through the process that obvious is a mess, doesn't make much sense but there's some common sen
of both candidates saying he didn't like the position of either candidate, governor romney over president obama. what do you think? what is the right way forward in our relations with china at this time? what's the right thing to do? >> one, i think you have, and you all know this, you know. what you hear from barack obama or mitt romney, the candidate, is going to be different than what you're going to hear from barack obama for president, i would have heard with romney for president. that's just the way of campaigns, and you all know that. i think you have to think of china in two ways. and one was come it is sort of summed up. i had a meeting in beijing a couple weeks ago and i met with a man named john who will be the premier of china. so he's talking in chinese, very interesting man. and he says something in chinese and the translator translated, america and china are not rivals. i thought well, that's interesting. and he stopped the translator and said no know. i didn't say we were not rivals. we are rivals. but i said we're not necessarily on the opposite side of the table. and i t
to talk about the tax proposal whether you call it the ryan plan or the romney plan, because independent analysis will tell you that this plan supported by congressman berg does two things; lowers taxes for the wealthiest among us and increases taxes for the middle class. and that is true if you want to make this system revenue neutral. in the individual tax case, i'd never eliminate mortgage interest deduction. state and local taxes, charitable deductions, child credits. but what this plan does, it takes away the alternative min money tax -- minimum tax which has an equalizing effect for the wealthiest. that's wrong-headed. the tax loophole i'd close is the one that allows you to ship jobs overseas and get a tax benefit for doing it. we need to create a tax amnesty program that brings that money back, but with the condition that it be reinvested in american jobs. we can fix this tax code, but if we go with another short-term extension, we will avoid the tough work, and we will once again kick a can down the road and do what we don't need to do in this country which is not solve problems
this isn't a shot at mitt romney but if you look at the tax return that he released, a big hunk of the way that he was manipulating things to the lower tax liability was in fact through the big ira. so i just don't think that's right. >> i think the most -- the thing to think about is at the rate structure, its 15, 25, 35 consumption. but it is the base that matters and that's where you get the important tax policy decisions. this is a broad base than we have right now and most of what we do is subsidized in the tax code which is highly inefficient so a much broader base that you can actually raise a lot of revenue and we raised too much in my view but it means something and this is what they take out of the economy. that is the right way to orient. >> the consumption tax on income as well we go about it in different ways and we don't have a progressive tax. we disagree on that. but ours is all about not taxing people for what they put into the economy, allowing people to save, incentivizing them to save, and that applies whether you are mitt romney or somebody that is just starting out an
with mitt romney. the republican nominee and the running mate paul ryan and the families will attend a rally in west chester, ohio. you can see it live tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. eastern on c-span. you're watching c-span2 with politics and public affairs weekdays featuring love live coverage of the u.s. senate. watch key public policy event and every weekend the latest non-fiction authors and books on booktv. you can see past programs and get our schedule on our website. you can join in the conversation on social media sites. >>> next a look at the effects of social media on social change. you'll hear from ben the founder and ceo of change.org an online petition website. he discusses the year of peer peer-to-peer communication to change public policy various issues. national journal editorial moderates the session at the atlanta meets the pacific which takes place in university of california san diego. it runs 45 minutes. [applause] thank you for being here this morning. ben is the ceo of change dpoirg which like many institutions didn't exist 2010 years ago and is now a growing at the rapid pace
and policies from the past, regardless whether it was tommy thompson or mitt romney or any of these other kind of jokers across the country, yeah they were, just sort of collectively said, not them and it's got to be someone else. >> so they basically closed the any age gap that might have existed? >> i mean women's health issues particularly around reproductive health, obviously younger women have different concerns than older women, do you find there is age divide on these issues? >> it was interesting we did much more significant modeling than we ever done in the past. we not only did the traditional choice models, if you will, do you support safe, legal abortion, but we also looked at favorability around planned parenthood and we did a model based on birth control and the president's policy of expanded access and with insurance companies. when we crunched all that together in the formula and kicked out these folks, it did reveal an entire group of people who were frankly less concerned on the abortion front. they weren't really bad but really less concerned who we could talk to but who wer
this afternoon for more from road to the white house. republican presidential nominee mitt romney will be in virginia at the farm bureau center in doswell. you can see that live at 2:15 eastern on our companion network, c-span. a little bit later the focus shifts to state races with the debate between candidates to represent rhode island's 1st district. you can see live coverage at 7:30 eastern also on c-span. and finally, president obama is back on the campaign trail. we'll have him live from the university of colorado in boulder, and that's at 9 p.m. on c-span. >>> you're watching c-span2, with politics and public affairs. weekdays featuring live coverage of the u.s. senate. on weeknights watch key public policy events and every weekend the latest nonfiction authors and books on booktv. you can see past programs and get our schedules at our web site, and you can join in the conversation on social media sites. >>> up next, part of a recent conference from detroit focusing on manufacturing technology and entrepreneurial activity in u.s. urban areas, techonomy detroit was a one-day
continues. now less than a week before the election. ann romney is in the swing state of ohio today campaigning for her husband, of course. you'll be able to see her remarks live starting at noon eastern on c-span. a little bit later this afternoon it'll be mitt romney in virginia at the farm bureau center in doswell, see that live at 2:15 eastern also on c-span. a little bit later the focus will shift to state races with a debate for candidates to represent rhode island's 1st district. watch that debate live at 7:30 eastern on c-span. and finally president obama is back on the campaign trail. we'll have him live from the university of colorado at boulder, and that's at 9 p.m. eastern. c-span will have that too. >> i regard medicare as not just a program, but a promise. i was raised by my grand apartments. i got to see how medicare worked at a very young age, and it is -- they paid in throughout their working lives. we have to strengthen and extend its solvency. but i would note that tommy thompson supports a program to replace traditional medicare with a voucher. send people off to
the next nominee for supreme court will be nominated by barack obama or by mitt romney i don't know who will get the chance to make that nomination but i will tell you now and nobody in the room knows who it will be, but every democrat if it is obama that nominates that person, every democrat will vote for him or her and every republican will vote against him or her because that is the situation that we've got is it all comes down to my club against your club. both parties are playing for the next election, they are playing to their own base and they are not worried about solving problems, but i do agree they have been worse at this and less willing to engage with issues and with what richard murdock was saying he is fairly typical at least for the republicans to take part in the primaries. >> susan, can you address the question that was asked and that struck me where it seems to me the press is allowing one party to redefine where the middle is without acknowledging that this is a new metal from the middle everybody was accustomed to. >> words matter so don't think it's inconsequential
are covered because the act that mitt romney created in that state essentially the affordable care act, president obama is not push the law on that and fighting there will be a lot of states following essentially in that model. stand are you suggesting in mandate? markell: that is what the effort will care act does. >> moderator: we are going to move on to the next topic for the both of you. so, i am going to put this to you. beyond the governor's office there is a lot of chatter about your longevity in this office should you win a second term. everything from the cabinet post to being should there be a shift in delaware's congressional delegation? you have moved into a leadership position at the national governors' association. you have been touted as a leader among body elected officials and you've spoken of the party convention. i know that your opponent is talked about a pledge i don't want to get into the pledge. what i want to know because clearly if you are reelected you are a lame duck by the delaware law you have the four years and that's it. what is your plan beyond the next
's been doing something with actual tax revenue. as romney proved during the campaign come you can't do it by doc tureen of the tax code. that should be part of the deal. when he took tax tax reform. we have to have people who have done so well during this difficult time we've had. the richest of the rich have to pay a little bit more to solve financial problems in this country. [inaudible conversations] >> now the senate republican leader, mitch mcconnell. he also spoke to leaders of the c. in any event should include changes to entitlement programs. >> at afternoon, everyone. as we head into the fiscal cliff negotiations, my advice to the president with eocene friends on the other side have difficulty turning off the campaign. we need to sit down and work this matter out. i think we have a clear sense there is an opportunity at the end of the year to do something important for the country. we all know that the most critical steps to be taken are to save the entitlements, which are on an unsustainable path to bankruptcy. there's no better time to begin to fix that problem right now. so
romney as well as president obama is, are you for the dream act? i guess that says a lot about this legislation and the idea of the principle behind it. when i introduced the dream act 11 years ago it was because i met a young woman from chicago, teresa li who was korean, came to this country as a child, was raised in the united states but her parents never filed the documentation. so teresa li was graduating from high school. an accomplished pianist, had been accepted by the juilliard school of music but she was undocumented. she wasn't a citizen. she wasn't here legally. so she came to our office and asked what she could do and we had to advise her mom, under the law, teresa, having lived in this country for more than 16 years, had to leave and go back to brazil where her family had been before they had immigrated to the united states. what a waste of talent. so i introduced the dream act to give her and many like her a chance, to become part of america. over the years we have had many votes. i have always had a majority vote on the floor, a bipartisan majority vote, but i've
it in the house races, and of course president obama and candidate governor romney discussed it again and again. my friend talks about a consensus. let me tell you the consensus. more than 60% of the people agree with president obama and the democrats that we ought to climb down off this fiscal cliff in the next five minutes and pass what the senate passed, which is to renew all the bush tax cuts and go back for those over 250,000 to the rates of bill clinton. that's what we passed here. that will bring us almost a trillion dollars over ten years. that will get us to climb down that cliff. then we have got other parts of the cliff, there's no question about it, the automatic sequester. i think it's easy to deal with that by bringing home some of the overseas account money and applying it to the sequester and getting rid of at least half of that sequester, maybe all of the sequester. but no, you're going to listen to these speeches every day about how we're obsessed with taxes. what are you talking about, obsessed with taxes? i'll tell you what i'm obsessed about. i'm obsessed with the fact that
recession to every single one. just like every single republican pollster said that romney was going to win. they were 100% wrong, and we had a broom instead. so they have zero credibility. they are wrong about everything and they lie about everything. >> do you feel better? >> yes. [laughter] >> jamie, did you of anything else? okay. stephanie, you indicated that you have a formal think you would like to discuss, or you have some opening remarks and we will give you even though we are already open, so would you, please. you can get appear if you like, absolutely. >> i have a slight chill. -- slideshow. i thought everyone would have one. so, i guess when i started thinking about fiscal cliff and what the options are, i came up with essentially three. one is to do nothing. and hit the cliff and let the cuts go into place and tax increases going to place, what we've been talking about here. the other is to act with a sense of urgency, to avoid the cliff, strike some sort of a grand bargain, jump before you hit the cliff. and the last one is the one everyone here seems i think to favor, which
, was literally on the ballot and romney and ryan opbd other republicans were -- and other republicans were not shy about telling the american people they didn't think the rich should pay a penny more in this tax deal. not only did democrats win races across the country, but in exit polling it was clear that the vast majority of americans supported our approach to deficit reduction, a balanced approach, an approach that cuts spending responsibly but also calls on the wealthy to pay their fair share. madam president, voters spoke pretty clearly in this election and they stood behind democrats to fight for a budget deal that works for middle class. and we are hearing encouraging words from some of our republican colleagues who have indicated a willingness to put revenue on the table and to break that stranglehold that d.c. lobbyist grover norquist has on the republican party. one of my colleagues said republicans should put revenue on the table. we don't generate enough revenue and said he would not be beholden to the norquist pledge. another said the world has changed and the economic situat
-collar workers. he could resonate with them. and it's not fair to say this to mitt romney, but he could not come he did not have the populist appeal. just by virtue of who he was who he is, his biography and his very demeanor. mitt romney, his brand was always going to be rich republican working gecko guy, and, of course, it ended up that way. >> host: matt lewis, the next morning, the morning after the election, quite early on you when the people who came out calling for changes in the republican party. you have a piece you call the republicans or the gop needs modernization, not moderation. even just the morning after we were still assessing what happened, how mitt romney lost the presidency. how republicans were not able to gain more ground in the senate. what were your initial reflections and what are you looking for? >> guest: first of all thank you for bringing that appear to modernization, not matter ration line ended up becoming almost a catch phrase for what republicans are going through right now. bobby jindal
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